Earlier this week we meet up with a regular happy hour partner for Monday martinis at Martuni’s. Martuni’s has long been a favorite watering hole for us—the martinis are strong, the glasses well frosted, the clientele is as colorful as one would expect at an Upper Market gay martini bar and the piano in the backroom keeps the showtunes flowing as freely as the vodka and gin.
In the sprit of Pride, we suggest Martuni’s if you decide to head off for a drink before or after Cindy Lauper does her “Girls Just Wanna Fun” encore. You may even be able to do your own rendition at the piano. After two or three Raspberry Lemon Drops you’ll more than likely need some food, so you can either saunter next door for the refined cafeteria-style delicacies of Delessio or go for a short stroll over to Hayes Valley for an endless array of upscale dining options.
There’s lots to eat in Hayes Valley and it’s probably going to be super crowded this weekend, so Caffe Delle Stelle for a little Italian (no Pride-inspired joke intended) might be a good option because it’s not as high profile as say Sauce or Absinthe. We split the warm pear salad and had the lobster ravioli on Monday. We also went overboard and split the tiramisu (not too dry, not too wet) at the end of our meal. We enjoyed ourselves and our overindulgence.
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